What does your wife say?

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  • 09-11-2010
    JAMarco1
    What does your wife say?
    My wife does not understand how I could possibly be so obsessed with bikes. Why I always want to work on them and Why I want to ride all the time.

    Anyhow, My question is this. What does your wife or significant other say when you want to drop some serious coin on new parts or a new ride? What does she say when you want to go on an all day epic or all weekend?
  • 09-11-2010
    Twisted1
    Not married but my girl always bit*hing about how im riding everyday, and how on the weekends im gone all day. I tell her to come with, but she dont like going far or fast.
  • 09-11-2010
    JAMarco1
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Twisted1
    Not married but my girl always bit*hing about how im riding everyday, and how on the weekends im gone all day. I tell her to come with, but she dont like going far or fast.

    Ahh yes. I get that too. I am pretty much restricted to night riding now. I have to wait until everybody is in bed before I can even think of going for a ride.
  • 09-11-2010
    tjchad
    I get accused of looking for women that like doing all the things I like to do that my wife does not like doing.
  • 09-11-2010
    JAMarco1
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tjchad
    I get accused of looking for women that like doing all the things I like to do that my wife does not like doing.

    HAHAHAHAHA Thats hilarious!
  • 09-11-2010
    LWright
    My lovely wife has her own addiction, scrapbooking. Sometimes she will buy the latest, greatest new toy only to find she does not like it then gives it away. I just smile and start looking at new tires.
  • 09-11-2010
    sherijumper
    I buy my wife puppies .
  • 09-11-2010
    Twisted1
    just give her the credit/debit card an she will leave ya alone
  • 09-11-2010
    atxlatino
    She starts calling if I'm gone for more than 2 hours, but it's just to make sure I'm ok. Overall she likes that I have a sport that keeps me happy and stress free, and she has come with me a few times.
  • 09-11-2010
    Trail Ninja
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Twisted1
    Not married but my girl always bit*hing about how im riding everyday, and how on the weekends im gone all day. I tell her to come with, but she dont like going far or fast.

    After 30 years of marriage my wife is thrilled that I'm out riding all the time and gone all weekend.:D
  • 09-11-2010
    byknuts
    mine buys a lot of my stuff for me.
    carbon niner fork, juicy ultimate brakeset, surly 1x1 frameset spring to mind off the top of my head.
    you sure you're doing things right? :D
  • 09-11-2010
    lamb
    My wife rides with me 80 percent of the time. The rest I am alone. She likes to ride, she is just not very fast or risky. I wait for her on the trail quite a bit, but it is worth it to have her out there. I am definitely more obsessed than she is about it. For her, it is just nice to get out and get some exercise. We actually got into mtbing together cause I was spending so much time whitewater boating. Now, the only thing I do is mtb. The plan backfired!
  • 09-11-2010
    Redmon
    My wife wants me to buy a new bike. The temptation is very real but Im hanging on to the 2004 575 for now
  • 09-11-2010
    Freewillie
    My wife is all for it because I come home all smiles after a ride. Also, she stays home with the kids and we give each other breaks to do whatever we like. I spend my "off" time on my bike, and the rest of the time not spent working is with her and the kids. A bit of compromise goes a long way.

    On the money part, we just talk about everything and set practical budgets, including for our hobbies. Communication is the key. If you don't have that, well you're screwed.:D
  • 09-11-2010
    JAMarco1
    I have tried and tried to get her out on the trail with me but, she's just not interested.
  • 09-11-2010
    4slomo
    Have you tried doing and enjoying something with her that she really likes? Invest the time in your relationship.

    After being involved in an activity she enjoys for a while, set up an easy ride with another couple, and plan to all stick together. She may like the social aspect of riding that way.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by JAMarco1
    I have tried and tried to get her out on the trail with me but, she's just not interested.

  • 09-11-2010
    ontime
    My wife says:

    "How long until we get to the trail head."
  • 09-11-2010
    midgetmafiosa
    my boyfriend says: "i think you've bought enough bike stuff for now, don't you?" and then asks me where the best deals are online. so, uh, we don't have this problem.
  • 09-11-2010
    Repack Rider
    I met my wife when she bought a bike from my shop in 1982. We were married four years later. It's not like she didn't know.
  • 09-11-2010
    JEM2
    my wife says im obeseeeesssseddddd!! I say yep! then she sees that im healthy, thin and full on life.. she wont get into riding because she does not like to fall... I tell her falling is part of learning.
    She did get pissed when I came home with a new FS Cannondale this year ;-p
    JEM
  • 09-11-2010
    Noclutch
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tjchad
    I get accused of looking for women that like doing all the things I like to do that my wife does not like doing.

    Insert ex- infront of wife the question, and this reply :rolleyes: ....
    And it's true. :D
  • 09-11-2010
    Dainbramage91
    Not pertaining to the money side of it, but my wife said something the other day that made us both bust out in laughter.

    So there we are back at the car after a ride, about to put the bikes in the back of the car. I'm sitting there un-doing the skewer to remove the front wheel. Sometimes I don't loosen it enough so it's a bit hard to get off. I tug on it a couple of times and get the wheel off. About that time she says "You like to jerk it off!". I (being the immature one in the relationship) just started cracking up, she was a little delayed until she realized what she said and she started laughing out loud too. That was a good stomach hurting 5 minute laugh. Good times haha.
  • 09-11-2010
    roxnroots
    Just spent 3k on a new ride and gear. My wife was very cool about it, especially after I dropped 15lbs in a month riding the new, more fun, rig. She even enjoys going to the LBS because they're the only who sells the energy bars she likes. :)
  • 09-11-2010
    dfms2004
    I am lucky because when she is working , I am riding. but when I am seeking a new bike or parts or any stuff she says "remember the bike is the last thing on the budget list"... she does not understand that my bike is not only pieces of metal its like a friend... sometimes when I clean my bike , I talk to him ... and my wife says u r so obessed with ur bike ....:thumbsup:
  • 09-11-2010
    smilinsteve
    The more you give her what she wants, the more she will give you what you want.
  • 09-11-2010
    fred-da-trog
    To keep 28+ yrs of marital bliss, only two full days of cycling a month. The 70 mile round trip commutes to work or if I'm home on weekends by 11AM, don't count against me. I don't consider them unreasonable requests, though I would like more full days in the mountains.
  • 09-11-2010
    nojoke
    My wife supports my mountain biking habit, and would actually encourage a 4k dollar DH rig in addition to the current bike to the garage.

    Although I catch more crap about my 750HP mustang/ drag racing habit which is my other passion. It makes mountain biking look like a trip to the dollar store when comparing costs.
  • 09-11-2010
    Cyclogenesis
    riding stopped me dying... My wife is a top class legend... The only thing stopping me spending more is cold hard money in = money out
  • 09-11-2010
    manlung
    My Wife and I have 11 years together now, and I can't believe that she wants me to be with her all day doing nothing 24/7, she really hates my Hobbies.......................
  • 09-11-2010
    heartland
    My fiancee says...
    "Can you air up my tires and load my bike while I fill our Camelbacks?"

    And I say, "Yes. Yes I can."
  • 09-11-2010
    tjchad
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by manlung
    My Wife and I have 11 years together now, and I can't believe that she wants me to be with her all day doing nothing 24/7, she really hates my Hobbies.......................

    +1...:rolleyes:
  • 09-11-2010
    abegold
    Just buy her a hardtail, she'll never bother you again.
  • 09-11-2010
    b-kul
    no wife but parent are kinda like wtf why do need $100 handle bars.
  • 09-11-2010
    El Salt
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by heartland
    "Can you air up my tires and load my bike while I fill our Camelbacks?"

    And I say, "Yes. Yes I can."


    I'm lucky too. Married 12 years this month. My wife and I have now been riding together for almost 14 years, road and Mtn. We ride together abut 90% of the time, and she more than keeps up with the "boys". Our vacations are almost always bike related, just back from Mammoth, and she has the newest ride in the stable, and she has 4 bikes! :eekster:
  • 09-11-2010
    catal77
    my wife doesnt say anything about the money i spend. but i also don't get on her for what she spends. I really cant go off on long weekend rides because she considers them family time.
  • 09-11-2010
    mjf125
    sorry had to
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ontime
    My wife says:

    "How long until we get to the trail head."

    yea i usually say this to my wife too..
  • 09-11-2010
    jasevr4
    My wife kicks me out of bed on the rainy days to go and shred with her.

  • 09-11-2010
    roxnroots
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by b-kul
    no wife but parent are kinda like wtf why do need $100 handle bars.

    Look very serious when offering this scenario to the non-mtb parental units next time the subject comes up: "Because they steer the whole thing through the rocks, you don't want me riding around on crap bars breaking like pretzel sticks on the big hits, crashing, followed by me on my way to the ER do you? Do you?" :D
  • 09-11-2010
    smilinsteve
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by b-kul
    no wife but parent are kinda like wtf why do need $100 handle bars.


    Ha your parents are probably under the impression that a handlebar is just a cheap piece of aluminum tubing marked up about 1000%. :)
  • 09-11-2010
    SBT
    Even though she doesn't pedal (yet), my fiancee gets it. In fact, so much so that we're building my DJ bike together.
  • 09-11-2010
    JonathanGennick
    My wife rarely complains. Her hobby is sewing. I mostly don't complain about that either.

    BTW, have you priced sewing machines lately? Some of them make bikes look cheap.
  • 09-11-2010
    light3monkey
    Even after spending too much money on a necessary bathroom renovation, she encouraged me to spend $1k+ on my mountain bike. She promptly bought Jura expresso machine saying that it was for me. :rolleyes:

    So, I spend even more money on a new saddle and other "necessary items". She's encouraging me to get a "real" dedicated mountain bike shoes rather than the walkable Shimano cycling shoe that I bought few years back for my commuter bike. I'm actually saying no.

    As long as the spending is within our financial means and the riding bike doesn't interfere with the family plans, she doesn't mind.
  • 09-11-2010
    greg de taos
    Whenever I am grumpy or antsy, my wife hands me my helmet and tells me to go.
  • 09-11-2010
    jeffgre_6163
    I have two active hobbies - My Motorcycle [2008 Buell XB12] and my mountain bike.
    Over the last 6 months the mountain bike is winning when the choice comes to how to spend my spare time.
    My wife couldn't be happier.
    She never really liked the motorcycling, for the fatality reasons, even though it pre dates her by 15 years, but she tolerated it and never once suggested I ditch the 'bike.
    Now with Mountain biking its not only safer but I get to ride with our 12 year old son.
  • 09-11-2010
    nachomc
    Typical new bike discussion

    Me: Sweetheart I want to buy bike 'x' for approx cost 'y' to ride for purpose 'z'
    Wife: That bike looks sweet, you deserve it, go get it!
  • 09-11-2010
    crux
    You want to go ride again? Thought you rode last week....:mad:
  • 09-11-2010
    Puzman
    Mine says "take the dog, she needs exercise too!". Our Golden Retriever Lucy is an AWESOME trail dog...
  • 09-11-2010
    emu26
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    Quote:

    Originally Posted by byknuts
    mine buys a lot of my stuff for me.
    carbon niner fork, juicy ultimate brakeset, surly 1x1 frameset spring to mind off the top of my head.
    you sure you're doing things right? :D

    You sure you're reading her actions right?

    She buys you a carbon fork. I know, carbon is strong and light but everytime I think of rigid carbon forks I see this image
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    She then gives you brakes that aren't exactly top of the pile when it comes to stopping power, reducing the chance of you stopping in time before that branch that will do the above to your forks.

    On top of all of that she gives you a single speed so that even if you do survive the above, by the time you get home your legs are so stuffed all you want to do is lie down.

    Thats a clever one you've got there, she's set herself up for a night off doing what she wants or a big life insurance payout and all the time you think she's showering you with the fruits of love :thumbsup: :D

    Mine just tells me I'm getting grumpy so go for a ride and relax a little.
  • 09-11-2010
    Steve121
    Way to be negative emu26

    I think its time for you to go for a ride...
  • 09-11-2010
    Atomik Carbon
    I could'nt care less......
    cause I'm going riding and was riding before we got married. Some of you guys are real pus_ys that's I I have to say.